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    A house, mansion, or farm. Cowell.
    Fr. In French maritime law. Master; the master or captain of a vessel. Ord. Mar. liv. 2, tit 1, art L.
    Lat. In Roman law. The majesty, sovereign, authority, or supreme prerogative of the state, or prince. Also a shorter form of the expression "crimen majestatis," or "crimen, latum majestatis" an offense against sovereignty, or against the safety or organic life of the Roman people; i. e., high treason.
    Royal dignity. A term used of kings and emperors as a title of honor.
    A person of full age; one who is no longer a minor; one who has attained the management of his own concerns and the enjoyment of his civic rights. In military law. The officer next in rank above a captain.
    The greater year; the bissextile year, consisting of 366 days. Bract fol. 3596.
    In military law. An officer next in rank above a brigadier general, and next below a lieutenant general, and who usually commands a division or an army corps. Major hsereditas venit nnicniqne nostrum a jnre et legions qnam a parenti has. 2 Inst 56. A greater inheritance comes to every More...
    The king's dignity, power, and royal prerogative, as opposed to his revenue, which is comprised in the minora regalia. 2 Steph. Comm. 475; 1 Bl. Comm. 240. Majors poena affeetns qnam legions statnta est, non est infamis. One affected with a greater punishment than is provided by law is not More...
    In Roman law and genealogical tables. The male ascendants beyond the sixth degree. In old English law. Greater persons; persons of higher condition or estate. Majori snmmss minor inest. In the greater sum the less is included. 2 Kent Comm. 618; Story, Ag. I 172.
    Full age; the age at which, by law, a person is entitled to the management of his own affairs and to the enjoyment of civic rights. The opposite of minority. Also the status of a person who is a major in age. In the law of elections, majority signifles the More...
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